Black Swan in collaboration with the National Theatre of China present a rare opportunity to see an epic work reinterpreted for the modern day.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle (based on an old Chinese fable The Circle of Chalk) is Black Swan’s first international collaboration. The play famously begins with a village debate about land ownership, which shifts to reveal a story about justice – following the peasant girl Grusha, who rescues the Governor’s infant son as she flees across a war-torn country in search of safety.

Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous civil war, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is an engaging parable about motherhood, ownership and identity.

Directed by Dr Wang Xiaoying, with artists from the celebrated National Theatre of China, this play promises to be a hallmark production; a unique marriage of Chinese and Indigenous Australian cultures, combined with storytelling and songs sung in Noongar.

Translated by Ralph Manheim, with song lyrics translated by Clint Bracknell

Cast includes: Caitlin Beresford-Ord, Adam Booth, Kylie Farmer, Luke Hewitt, Geoff Kelso, Hayley McElhinney, Lynette Narkle, Kenneth Ransom, Katya Shevtsov, Steve Turner and Alison van Reeken.

Directed by: Dr Wang Xiaoying.

 

Where

State Theatre Centre of WA

Perth Cultural Centre, 174 - 176 William Street, Perth WA 6000

Show map
Get directions

You might also like

Image of two men viewing a mountain landscape that is saturated in yellow
Date
Location
Perth Cultural Centre

Energies: Haines and Hinterding

An exhibition featuring collaborative and solo works seeking to reveal the unseen energies that surround us.

  • art-exhibitions
  • family-children
  • learn
inkjet print of volcanic island
Date
Location
Perth Cultural Centre

Bill Henson

A National Gallery of Victoria exhibition on display in Perth. 

  • art-exhibitions
  • family-children
  • learn
patch work imagery of a tree with no leaves
Date
Location
Perth Cultural Centre

Looking Glass

WA artist Gregory Pryor has created an immersive new work which draws upon his investigations into isolated landscapes of Western Australia.

  • art-exhibitions
  • learn
  • family-children